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Would adding RG3 make sense for Bills?

Robert Griffin III as a Buffalo Bill.

Picture that one for a moment. The second overall pick of the 2012 draft, the former mega-star of the Washington Redskins, joining the Bills' quarterback depth chart.

It could happen. ESPN's Mike Sando, for one, thinks Buffalo is the most logical landing spot for RG3 once the Redskins do the expected and release him in the near future.

"Griffin would fit better in coordinator Greg Roman's offense than he would in most other systems, making Buffalo one of the few natural scheme fits," Sando wrote for There is merit to that point. Roman has maximized the production of two highly mobile quarterbacks: San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick and Tyrod Taylor.

The rest of Sando's top five projected destinations for Griffin are, in order, the Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Rams, Denver Broncos, and Kansas City Chiefs.

I'm not crazy about the idea of Griffin joining the Bills. Yes, this franchise has a history of acquiring players with "splash" name value (LeSean McCoy, Mario Williams and Terrell Owens immediately come to mind). It even takes that approach with coaches (hiring Rex Ryan and then adding his high-profile twin brother, Rob, to the staff).

But what would the impact of adding Griffin have on Taylor, the Bills' starting quarterback for the foreseeable future? Griffin's price tag would likely be low and the intended purpose of adding him could be as a replacement for No. 2 quarterback EJ Manuel.

But even after flaming out in Washington, Griffin still has name value and his mere presence could very well detract from Taylor's feeling, after four years as a backup in Baltimore, he finally has established himself as a firm No. 1 QB.

Unless, of course, the Bills still aren't completely settled on that.

General Manager Doug Whaley has made a point of saying publicly that the team would consider using a high draft choice on a quarterback. And it remains to be seen whether the Bills will give Taylor, who has one year left on his contract, the substantial extension he no doubt is seeking this offseason.

For now, though, I think Griffin, who seems to be more of a reclamation project than a solid veteran backup, would make better sense for the Cowboys, who've never had a problem with creating distractions for themselves.

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